Community Foundation of New Jersey

Asbury Park Students Visit Theater & Oceanfront Park

June 10, 2016

Students from Mt. Carmel School in Asbury Park recently journeyed to see live children’s theater and enjoy outdoor adventures at an oceanfront park.

The excitement had built from the moment the first, second, and third grade students learned that they would be going on a spring field trip. On May 18th, 63 students enjoyed a bus ride (for some, one of the few buses they’ve been on) to Monmouth University’s Pollack Theater to see a presentation of “Curious George and the Golden Meatball.”

Adding to the excitement was the news that the students would also have a picnic lunch at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park and time to play on the park’s award-winning playground.

Staff and organizers took note of many memorable moments from the field trip. The theater performance was enjoyed by all, the weather was picture perfect, and the playground was impressive. But some moments really stood out:

Teachers had prepared the students for the field trip by reading Curious George books and helping the students use their imaginations to wonder where he might be going during his next adventure in the play.

After the show, the teachers continued to read books and discuss the themes within.

Students were also introduced to the Curious George website on their iPads, which they are able to explore during their technology time in school.

Teachers also spent time in the classroom talking to the students about the history of Seven Presidents Park.

The visit to Monmouth University’s Pollack Theater and Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park was made possible with a grant from Field Trip New Jersey, an endowment launched by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation to take students into new places that have the power to awaken, hush, awe, enrich, or otherwise positively change their lives.

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